ASU Herberger Institute facilitates planning for Kearny

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Dropping candle wax on a map of the fire destroyed area as an exercise in planning.

Dropping candle wax on a map of the fire destroyed area as an exercise in planning.

  Following the fire along the Gila River this past summer, local leaders and community members began looking at ways to further protect the town from fire and create a recreational area that would be good for both residents and visitors to the area.  Last week Chingwen Cheng and her students hosted a design project facilitation at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Kearny.

  Cheng is the Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture  at the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.  She explained that local resident Gerry Kaufhold contacted the school to see how they school could help local leaders develop a plan for the river area that would protect the town from fires and other natural disasters as well as create more recreational areas along the river.

  The afternoon facilitation included using various activities from dropping candle wax on maps of the area where locals felt needed more fire prevention, planning of recreational green belts using tiles and painting.  Each station allowed the participants to work as  group to provide input for the students of the Herberger school.  The students will then analyze the public participation process, layer that with their knowledge and present plans and ideas for what can be done in the areas along the Gila River.

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Mila Besich (466 Posts)

Mila Besich is a resident of Superior with two children. She volunteers for many local organizations. She is an experienced fundraiser and event planner for Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition. She covers some of the area town councils and schools.


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